- Hans Weber
- December 7, 2023
President Petr Pavel Outlines Vision for Czech Republic’s Future During First 100 Days in Office
President Petr Pavel expressed his commitment to strengthening the Czech Republic’s position among democratic countries and fostering a positive change in society during a press conference marking his first 100 days in office. Pavel stated that setting the direction and manner of his presidency was his greatest accomplishment thus far.
The President emphasized two pillars that form the foundation of his vision for his five-year term. The first pillar focuses on consolidating the Czech Republic’s position as a pro-Western democratic country within the international community. The second pillar aims to transform the societal mood, instilling a belief among citizens that they have the power to effect change.
Pavel noted that he had achieved most of his short-term goals and made progress toward his long-term objectives. He expressed gratitude to his team at the Presidential Office, as well as the Castle Administration and Lany Forest Administration, for their support.
After succeeding former President Milos Zeman, Pavel recognized the need to reestablish the direction and manner in which the head of state fulfills their duties. He aspired to see the nation regain self-confidence and determination to create positive change. Pavel envisions the Czech Republic fully utilizing its resources for the development and well-being of its people.
While Pavel acknowledged the challenges ahead, he firmly believed that a change in attitude and atmosphere would enable the country to overcome apathy and make substantial progress. He emphasized the importance of taking small steps and persistently seeking solutions to problems.
In terms of his agenda, Pavel expressed a desire to meet with Marek Vyborny, the Christian Democrat (KDU-CSL) candidate for agriculture minister, although the meeting date had yet to be set. Vyborny is slated to replace Zdenek Nekula, who recently resigned. Additionally, Pavel discussed the consolidation package and other pressing issues with Prime Minister Petr Fiala.
During his first 100 days, Pavel fulfilled several promises, such as opening Prague Castle to the public and improving transparent communication. The restructuring of the presidential office is set to commence on July 1, and plans are underway to remove remaining security barriers at the Castle entrances starting next year.
To engage young people in public affairs, the Presidential Office plans to develop a comprehensive strategy utilizing a team of ambassadors specializing in areas such as technology, communications, mental health, and sports. These ambassadors will collaborate with the President in his activities and agenda.
While gradually reducing his interviews to prevent becoming a commentator on current events, Pavel’s spokesperson emphasized the importance of enabling him to speak out when necessary. The President’s office also aims to implement a wide-ranging visitor center, enhance visitor care, and expand the cultural program at Prague Castle.
President Pavel’s first 100 days have laid the groundwork for his vision of a prosperous and empowered Czech Republic, with his focus on democratic values, societal transformation, and engagement with the younger generation.
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- Hans Weber
- December 7, 2023